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Windows 7: Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

29 Oct 2012   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thanks mate!


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29 Oct 2012   #11
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Yet another wonderful tutorial!
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30 Oct 2012   #12
LinuxMint

Windows 7 Starter
 
 

I seriously doubt it needs to be that complex. All I've ever had to do is:

1. Install Windows
2. Install Linux Mint / Ubuntu
3. If you want Windows to be the primary OS there are two simple commands to run in Terminal:

Code:
sudo mv /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober /etc/grub.d/06_os-prober
Code:
sudo update-grub
This worked fine for Grub 2 the last time I tried it.

If Windows is taking up the entire drive you can usually find GParted on the Linux Live CD / DVD. Just use GParted to shrink the drive and set up the Linux partition. If you can't find it just type:

Code:
sudo apt-get install gparted
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31 Oct 2012   #13
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

This is excellent. Great tutorial Colin.
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31 Oct 2012   #14
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Thanks Dinesh and kookat
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09 Nov 2012   #15
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi.

Why you need to move bootmgr to C: ?
I made partition for it and installed my linux on one (without moving bootmgr) and it works perfect.
It will add GRUB2 (for Ubuntu distro) and GRUB (for Debian or other type of distro) and your system will work normal (only grub will start before WindowsBootMgr).

Just resize one partition and install LinuxMint on it. Its recommend to have 10GB space on /, some space on /home and 2xMemorySize for Swap.

And you don't need to use EasyBCD. Only open GRUB config file with nano, gedit or pluma and edit default OS.

Trinty.
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09 Nov 2012   #16
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trinty View Post
(only grub will start before WindowsBootMgr).
To have the Windows bootmanager as default, it must be copied to C:
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10 Nov 2012   #17
Trinty

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trinty View Post
(only grub will start before WindowsBootMgr).
To have the Windows bootmanager as default, it must be copied to C:
Ok.
Tnx for answer.

(And if you want to use your OEM functions on SysRecovery partition, just install linux on one ext4 partition without deleting SysRecovery. After selecting Win7 in GRUB, you can do all normaly like beofre )

Trinty.
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10 Feb 2013   #18
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Golden, thanks for the great tutorial, but I'm still unsure what to do in my particular situation.
Previously I had W7 on one drive and Linux Mint 14 on another. I would get a choice at boot as to which OS I wanted to boot into.
Just recently I upgraded my chip, mobo and RAM, and installed a 128GB SSD. I installed W7 on the SSD, and it booted up no problem.
I also have a 2TB drive and a 1TB drive. The 1TB drive used to be my boot drive, but both HDDs are now storage drives. When I connected them to the system, they were recognised by W7 and no problem.
I had Linux Mint 14 on a 500GB hard drive all by itself.
However, when I connected the Linux drive (stuck the SATA cable and power cable in) the system wouldn't boot at all. Obviously, I have now disconnected it and am booting W7 no problem.
My new mobo is a Gigabyte Z77-D3H, and has an EFI boot. I suspect that this is the problem.
So. I have a perfectly good 500GB HDD with Linux Mint set up on it. Is there any straightforward way I can reconnect it and boot it, whilst still being able to boot Windows through the EFI?

Thanks, John
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10 Feb 2013   #19
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi John,

Thats a really interesting question. As you know, there is a bit of an issue with UEFI Secure Boot and Linux. Do you have the option to turn OFF the secure boot part of the UEFI?

Regards,
Golden
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